Champagne village profile: Chenay in the Massif de Saint-Thierry

Diagram Chenay 201509Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Montagne & Val de Reims / Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties:
 57.4 hectares (141.8 acres), of which 66% Pinot Noir, 18% Pinot Meunier, and 16% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (84%)


The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest.

Google Maps view with the villages in the Massif de Saint-Thierry shown.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages

North: Hermonville
Northeast: Pouillon
East: Merfy
South: Châlons-sur-Vesle
Northwest: Trigny
Comment : more links will be added when profiles of the other villages have been uploaded.

The village

The town hall (mairie) of Chenay. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

Chenay is located in the northwestern part of the Champagne region, just northwest of Reims.

The Chenay commune covers 389 hectares and has 233 inhabitants (as of 2016), referred to as Chenois and Chenoises.


The vineyards in Chenay are located around the village, and largely consist of mild mild south-facing slopes.

The most common grape variety in Chenay is Pinot Noir, with a wide margin. Only two villages in the Massif de Saint-Thierry (the other is Châlons-sur-Vesle, the neighbour of Chenay) has more than 50% Pinot Noir in their vineyards.

The current vineyard surface in the Chenay commune is 57.4 hectares (141.8 acres). There are 37.9 ha Pinot Noir (66.0%), 10.2 ha Pinot Meunier (17.8%), and 9.3 ha Chardonnay (16.2%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 50 ha. There are 8 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

Champagne houses/négociants

The producer status NM = négociant-manipulant means that purchased grapes can be included in the Champagnes. NM producers can be anything from small producers that supplement their own grapes with some that they buy in, to large Champagne houses that primarily rely on purchased grapes. MA = marque d’acheteur, a brand used on bottles produced by someone else.

  • Comtes de Dampierre (NM) with its main seat in Bouzy (see that village for producer profile) has a facility in Chenay.
  • Louis Guerlet (MA, Facebook pagehas an address in Chenay, and the bottles I’ve seen are produced by the cooperative in Pouillon (Les Six Coteaux).

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Pascal Arfaux (RM?, Facebook page), has 4.5 ha of vineyards in Chenay and Merfy. The reserve wines are stored as a solera in large oak barrels.
  • Patrick Houdet (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.

Comment: The list may be incomplete.

Monument of the fallen in World War I, and in the background the church in Chenay. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).


© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2019, last update 2019-04-28

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